When my doorbell rings, I typically know the source:
* UPS (or any derivative of a delivery service)
* The Jehovah Witnesses (JW)
One particular Monday morning, it was the latter. Two sweet elderly Witnesses (as I recently learned is the preferred moniker), were standing at my front door. Years ago I would have pretended I wasn’t home, and hidden out of sight until they left, but now I look forward to these visits.
The conversation began well enough with the usual offer of literature and pleasantries, but quickly escalated to an engaging, though sometimes terse, faith exchange. One of the women had a cane, there were a few times in our discourse that I wondered if she was fixin’ to use it to set me straight or knock some sense into me, as she shook it in the air with great conviction.
It was the first time my attempt to share my faith with a visiting Witness was met with opposition; usually they just smile, nod, thank me for my sharing, and leave. I am so excited that these two obviously seasoned door to door evangelizers felt the need to enlighten me. Though they might be disappointed to learn that our discussion only taught me what rebuttals I required to have a better understanding of for the next time someone comes a’knockin.
In case you are curious, we discussed our differing beliefs on Jesus and St. Michael being the same person (they are not), the impossible existence of an idea of a Trinity (it is not only possible but true -- some mysteries are not to be solved but taken in faith), and that the devil as a god (he’s not, he is only an angel holding only the powers of an angel – not omnipotent nor omnipresent).
I see no harm in evangelizing the visiting evangelizer. Call me crazy, but I think if you come to my door for the purpose of sharing your faith, you should be prepared to hear about mine as well.
“Godcidentally” (as nothing is coincidental in my mind), shortly after this exchange, I was introduced to the A4C (Answers 4 Catholics) app. A4C is an app for learning more about the Catholic faith, and is especially helpful for the purpose of Apologetics.
Nope, it is not apologizing for what we believe – though, true story, I thought that was what the word meant when I first heard it. It is making a defense for and expressing what the Catholic Church truly believes and teaches.
I was very excited to discover the A4C App had a section answering some of the very points my JW friends made at my door. The app not only prepared me for some points that had not come up but also happily validated my correct understanding of some of the things that had.
Although the A4C video tutorials (I’ve embedded 1 of the 2 below) are from February 2011, I found them incredibly helpful in not only understanding what the app does but how I can best utilize it.
∞ Categories – A wide variety of topics pertaining to learning and defending the Catholic faith.
∞ Media – Video and Audio resources for many of the areas covered under Categories.
∞ News – Blogs (*please note the link for “Fr. Baron” is a misspelling. It does indeed refer to Fr. Robert Barron's Word on Fire and Catholicism); news outlets; podcasts and YouTube. According to the tutorial video these links are updated often in order to keep them current – and unlike the other sections does require an internet connection to utilize.
While I did discover a few broken links and misspellings, my overall opinion of the A4C app is very favorable. I think it fulfills its goal for offering tools for studying and sharing the Catholic Faith.
Answers 4 Catholics (A4C) provides a plethora of good and useful insights and information, this free download is definitely worth checking out!
Copyright 2014, Allison Gingras
About the Author
Allison Gingras created the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women (OSV), including "The Gift of Invitation" and "Seeking Peace: A Spiritual Journey from Worry to Trust." Her ministry focuses on the grace of prayer, Scripture, and sacrament. Allison is the national WINE Steward for WINE: Women In the New Evangelization and hosts A Seeking Heart podcast.